November 15, 2004 Subject:
This setlist may be one of the best of all time, certainly of post 2000 shows. Not many of the newer era shows can boast having a Trooper, DTTB, AND a Don (not to mentioned it's segued to a magpie). Throw in other segments like a Dribble-Robots sandwich, a short but sweet Munchkins, and an Ape>Lai, and this one's a keeper. Sound is pretty good, not spectacular, but certainly listenable.
August 10, 2004 Subject:
A newbie's opinion
I am still faily new to the band, but I would easily recommend this show. Very well played, good song selection, and the sound on this particular recording is excellent.
I had only seen the band once-about 30 minutes worth of them opening for Phil Lesh and Friends at the Fox Theatre 8/1/02. Was sold on them enough (after a wonderful Magellan) to go to this show at the now closed Galaxy (a weird setup, with the band playing to the short side of the room, rather than positioned at the far end like you'd expect).
Anyway, I was sure blown away that night. I was familiar with Trooper McCue>Run like Hell from a cd someone once played me, and they just happened to open with that same combo! They then proceeded to weave in and out of one great piece I later learned was Aquatic Ape. The security threatened "whoever's smoking weed, put it away or I'm throwing you out," then the band launched into a good Mr Don, then into what I consider the highlight-The Thieving Magpie. This song grabbed my ear instantly and demanded full attention. Set one closed, I was so greatly impressed that I accidently wandered into the Ladies room (apologies to the girl, whoever you are, who gave me such a strange look). I remember accidently waking a homeless man sleeping in a pile of trash while crashing around outside during the break.
Set 2 commenced with a happy piece-Munchkin Invasion. My favorite segment of the set is the Shem Rah Boo>Bottom>Astronaut. I remember thinking one part in there sounded like INXS. Astronaut is a work of pure genius, timing at 17:17. Finally, I remeber complete surprise as the band energetically came back to Run Like Hell out of nowhere to close the set and give the night's show a circular feel. Pink FLoyd's Meddle album came on, and noone wanted to go home. We all stood around for at least the first 5 songs of Meddle, first hoping for an encore, then not wanting to end the night. Here's to hoping the band comes back to St. Louis again...